Exploring the interrelationship and impacts of CSR, circular economy and corporate-community partnerships: A Northern Territory mining study

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    The challenge of sustained engagement and partnership with Indigenous groups and institutions has become increasingly apparent in recent years1. Today, companies routinely use external thinking tools (ETTs) (e.g., Visual Landpro 2000, iSAPP, Pandell landWorks) to solve consultation challenges that were once solved internally: a behaviour termed cognitive offloading. Fundamental to meeting that challenge is how to mitigate the damage to consultations caused by ETTs in a way that is likely to be considered fair by Aboriginal groups, thereby ensuring sustainable partnerships into the future. Over the last decades, particularly following the COVID-19, companies have relied more on ETTs to combat consultation challenges. They are becoming the new norm across resource companies2. The question that remains is how can we enhance indigenous consultations and maintain the human elements in such processes?

    Aboriginal groups have strong cultural ties to both land and water. With their unparalleled knowledge of these historic resources as their home, Aboriginal Land Councils in the Northern Territory rely on their cognitive strengths to manage traditional lands. The cognitive status of Indigenous groups is critical in protecting their historical resources by incorporating local views in crafting more successful and inclusive plans for traditional lands and water sources3. Despite such considerable benefits of cognitive elements in Indigenous beliefs and actions, it is astonishing how little focus has been given to the role cognition can play in solving Indigenous consultation challenges. Thus, our current understanding of how cognitive factors mediate corporate ETTs is very narrow and does not reflect their functionality in current consultation processes. Research, including mine, can demonstrate how understanding Aboriginal cognitive status in consultation is a critical pathway to an equitable and sustainable relationship.

    Project Aim
    Aim 1 -Chart the processes underlying corporate circular economy practices and CSR actions in the extractive sector.

    Aim 2 – Conceptualise circular economy and community development from a macro-level perspective.

    Aim 3 – Develop and test a cognitive-bais CSR model to understand how a corporate manager's cognitive bias impact CSR outcomes and community partnership quality.
    Effective start/end date30/11/211/12/23


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